To Lose Weight or Gain Muscle?

  • revthefish

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    Jan 26, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    A slight backstory is necessary I think.

    In the past 2 years I've managed to lose about 150 pounds, which is a drastic amount, especially considering I'm only 22. I managed to do this through diet and cardio alone, with very minimal resistance training. I know I must focus more on resistance training now, but I still have a bit of belly fat to lose despite being 5'11 and 172lbs. Because I focused more on diet and cardio, and not having a sufficient amount of calories, I've lost a good deal of muscle mass.

    My question then is would it be better to focus on gaining muscle and having a great amount of calories in order to speed up metabolism (more muscle), or a moderate amount of calories and incorporating resistance training and maintaining some cardio? I'd really like to be rid of what's left of my stomach, so I'm inclined to go with the latter. Reading the various threads here and calculating calories, to lose weight I'd require roughly 2300-2600 calories daily to maintain a 500 calorie deficit with diet alone. On average, I now eat 2000 calories and have stopped losing weight - I'd probably guess I'm in a 'starvation response.'

    Any help would be appreciated =)
  • DCEric

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    Jan 26, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    First of all, congratulations on the weight loss.

    In answer to your question, I have to ask a question of you (how Jewish of me). What is your goal. Do you want to build muscle, or are you looking to finish leaning out?

    That will determine which way you go about this problem.
  • revthefish

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    Feb 05, 2010 4:41 AM GMT
    I forgot I had posted this.

    My goal would be both. However, it would be primarily to finish leaning out and gain a slight bit of muscle. I guess I'm looking for a nutrition plan and workout regimen to meet this. I'm also unsure if there a middle ground for the two that would be the most practical, rather than focusing on either/or, whether to keep leaning down and then gain muscle, or gain some muscle in oder to more efficiently burn more calories?
  • revthefish

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    May 05, 2010 6:24 AM GMT
    Bumping this.

    Any help is appreciated =)
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    May 05, 2010 6:26 AM GMT
    i asked my trainer about this as well, and he pretty much told me to pick one or the other as its difficult to do both at the same time.

    i went with leaning out first.
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    May 05, 2010 6:47 AM GMT
    i think a lot of complex schedule make a man like to busy.Due to this man have to face in his life to much trouble like sleeping disorder one of them.due to this man have to face his heavy weight.

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    May 20, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    Man..I have been going back and forth with my weight for years...It seems like I cannot get below 205 no matter how hard I try..I would like to drop to 190-195 but put that back on as muscle

    Can you do both at the same time? Anyone have any suggestions?